Formed in 2005. The band consists of all members of the hardcore punk band BRAHMAN, TOSHI-LOW (Vo, Bouzouki, A.Gt), KOHKI (A.Gt), MAKOTO (Cb), RONZI (Dr), MARTIN (Vo, Violin, A.Gt), a violinist and front man, and percussionist KAKUEI (Perc). The band is a six-piece acoustic band consisting of violinist and frontman MARTIN (Vo, Violin, A.Gt.) and percussionist KAKUEI (Perc.).
The band’s organic musicality skillfully weaves in trad and roots music from Europe and the U.S., and their performances, which combine subtlety and dynamism, have captivated many audiences. In addition to performing at some of the largest festivals in Japan and abroad, the band has been the organizer of “New Acoustic Camp,” a camping festival since 2010 where all artists perform exclusively with an acoustic lineup.
In the spring of 2019, the name was changed from OVERGROUND ACOUSTIC UNDERGROUND to OAU. In the same year, they released “Karemichi”, the opening theme of the drama “What’d You Eat Yesterday? In the same year, they sang the theme song “Where have you gone” for the movie “Newspaper Reporter,” which won many awards including the Best Picture Award at the Japan Academy Prize.
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